How to Attract Eastern Phoebe

How to Attract Eastern Phoebe

BE AWARE THAT HABITAT TYPE MORE THAN ANY OTHER FACTOR, WILL IN MOST CASES, DICTATE THE SPECIES OF BIRD THAT VISIT YOUR PROPERTY. 

Description: Despite its rather drab appearance the Eastern Phoebe is well known among those in the birdwatching community due to its characteristic song, tail flick, and early spring arrival. The Eastern Phoebe is found in open woodlands usually near a water source. As a flycatcher, this bird doesn’t visit feeders, so a yard or garden that encourages insect life is necessary. The Eastern Phoebe flies from perch to perch when flycatching so adding a perch to a spot where you know insect-activity is high (like a garden or near wetland area) is advised. The Eastern Phoebe often nests under manmade structures but may use a nesting shelf. Catching flies can be a dehydrating business, so the Eastern Phoebe will visit birdbaths but mainly for a drink.

Overview

Identification:

  • Small-sized flycatcher
  • Grayish-brown upperparts, whiteish-olive underparts, tail constantly flicks

Habitat:

  • Open Woodlands
  • Forest Edge
  • Backyards
  • Requires perches
  • Prefers habitats near water

Eating Habits:

  • Almost exclusively eats flying insects
  • Occasionally Small Fruit

Nesting:

  • Under man-made structures – especially building eaves  
  • May use nesting shelf

Top Ways to Attract Eastern Phoebe

Insect-Friendly Yard     Open Woodland     Birdbath     Perches     American Elderberry

Trees & Shrubs that Attract Eastern Phoebe

American Elderberry (Fruit, Insects)    

Flowers & Vines that Attract Eastern Phoebe

Virginia Creeper (Fruit)    Wild Grape (Fruit)